The first two of three regional Boys’ U-15 identification camps have wrapped up in Vaughan and Montréal, with the third camp scheduled next month in Burnaby. The three U-15 camps are part of an extensive Men’s EXCEL Program that looks to identify exceptional players at an earlier age and ensure that they are supported through a competitive environment.
“Like every year, we look to collaborate with the provincial and territorial associations as well as the professional clubs and academies to identify the talent,” said Tony Fonseca, Canada Soccer’s Director of High Performance. “This identification process allows us to select a team from those camps to play in the Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase in May.”
In 2017, more than 100 players born 2002 or later will take part in Canada Soccer’s Boys’ U-15 programs from February to May, including academy players from Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, Toronto FC, and Impact Montréal that will participate at the Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase.
“We are very pleased with the talent showed so far,” said Fonseca. “We have seen an evolution in the talent that comes through the Canadian system, but we still expect a lot more and our efforts will be to take those player to yet another level.”
In 2017, the three identification camps in February and March will be followed by the Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase in May and then the CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship in August.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.